The Arrow – camera mounted on an arrow – WORLD PREMIERE VIDEO

Camera on an the arrow

test footage on Sony HDR AS15k action cam


The first intention for the camera SONY HDR AS15k purchase was the desire to mount it on a home made arrow from the beginning. I have not seen this done previously in good conditions, by someone who knows a bit of film or photography, and that is the very reason i tried this experiment.

DYI Bow and arrow

First challenge was to build a bow and an arrow, which sounds easier than it is, as all materials were purchased from the local hardware store. I broke 2-3 bows until I found the solution to make it flexible and elastic, strong enough to send a 200 grams arrow into the air. Basically there are 2 pieces of timber tightened together with metal wire in few points allowing them the flex free. The first bow was glued and the rigidity made it break when tensioned. The timber elements are 10×40 mm in section and they are elastic. I have increased the strength of the bow adding a third element, shorter, in the middle to increase the rigidity as the bow was no strong enough. Again, just a bit of wire and the job was done.

The arrow is made of a 5 mm round timber stick designed for furniture. The difficulty was to keep the camera steady in the air and that is why I have applied some avionics ideas, as having small plane wings on the camera and at the tale, to work just like a plane

Sony HDR AS15k on the arrow

The camera was mounted in various positions and directions as seen in the film. I took at least 20-30 trials until i figured out the best way to mount the little wings, and how to shoot the arrow. It was fun. I have used all settings of the action cam shooting 30, 60 and 120 frames per second to make sure we get the smooth footage. Sometimes it worked sometimes it didn’t . I am pretty happy with the result

Final Cut Pro video Montage

The result is not complete if not worked in post production in Final Cut Pro. It took approximately 6-8 hours to cut, select, change and experiment the various effects until i was reasonably happy with the final film. I hope you enjoy the footage as I have enjoyed working on it. For any questions please do not hesitate to contact me
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About Christian Tudor

professional photographer, main editor at Academy of Photography and owner and principal photographer of Tudor Photography